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Where Did Our Street Names Come from? (updated 1-2020)


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Update on El Camino Real

The good news is that after a 3 year long study period, Caltrans has concluded that the widening project at Floribunda is not necessary, since the far less invasive (and cheaper) No Left Turn at Floribunda alternative that Burlingame fought … Continue reading

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250th Anniversary of Portola’s discovery of San Francisco Bay

Since the 1520s, Spain had interest in exploring Alta California. Finally, in 1769, Captain Gaspar de Portola with 60 men accidentally discovered San Francisco Bay from Sweeney Ridge, close to Burlingame. Why is this 500-year-old story important to California and … Continue reading

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Burlingame’s small businesses in big pictures

Take a stroll down Hatch’s Alley to check out our beautiful display behind 240 Lorton Avenue. This display area has been generously provided to us by Dewey Land Co.

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Through Harry’s Lens – Burlingame’s Formulative Years: 1910s-1920s

Dozens of glass-plate photographs by Harry Dessin are presented depicting scenes of the very early years of Burlingame. Images are focused around today’s Lorton and Donnelly Avenues, and the pioneer families that lived- and worked there. Begins Fall 2019.

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Victorian Days walking tours – Sunday, August 4th, 2019

Join the Burlingame Historical Society for Victorian Day Tours, SUNDAY, AUGUST 4th –FREE, no reservations required! Entertainment Burlingame Style: 1 pm – 1:45 pm. Meet at the Burlingame Avenue railroad station (290 California Drive) and explore entertainment around the turn-of-the-century … Continue reading

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Neither Snow, nor Rain, nor Heat, nor Gloom of Night…

Please join the Burlingame Historical Society on Tuesday evening, May 7 at 7:00 pm in the Lane Room of the Burlingame Public Library (480 Primrose Rd.) for a presentation on the history of the postal service in Burlingame, including an … Continue reading

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